Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Review
Pros: Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality
Cons: Average juice yield
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
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Hamilton Beach Big Mouth
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|Pros||Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality||Excellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice quality||Extremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens||Strong motor is good for juicing hard produce, large pulp container, custom scrubber eases cleaning||Dual-speed, good with soft produce, good juice quality|
|Cons||Average juice yield||Substandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performance||Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce||Minute yields with leafy greens, juice can be gritty and foamy||So-so with carrots, beets, struggles with leafy greens|
|Bottom Line||A solid juicer with a very reasonable price tag, this represents one of the best values in our review||This machine earns our praise for delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produce||While this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budget||A premium model with a strong motor that is excellent at juicing hard produce||If you are looking for a solid all-around appliance that won't break the bank, we think this is a good option|
|Rating Categories||Hamilton Beach Big...||Breville Juice Foun...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Mueller Ultra-Juicer|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||Hamilton Beach Big...||Breville Juice Foun...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Mueller Ultra-Juicer|
|Warranty||3 year||1 Year||2 Year||3 year||2 Year|
|Dimensions||14.4"1 x 7.8" x 11.46"||9" x 16" x 17"||17.1" x 13.1" x 8.9"||14.5" x 14.5" x 9"||16" x 8.1" x 16"|
|Dishwasher Safe?||Yes||Yes, most parts||Yes||Yes||Filter blade|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Big Mouth centrifugal juicer finished near the middle of the pack. It does a better job at juicing hard and soft produce than many and retails for less than half of other centrifugal models. This juicer is also slightly easier to clean and handles leafy greens more than adequately.
This metric is the most important of the entire group. Our tests for this category compared the taste, texture, and consistency of three different juice recipes. The Big Mouth did quite well, holding its own with an above-average score.
For our first recipe — a concoction consisting of beetroots, carrots, apples, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root — the Big Mouth delivered a middle-of-the-road performance. It produced juice with great texture, but something about the taste seemed slightly off compared to the other models we tested. It was definitely palatable but wasn't our favorite. Our testers found it to be substantially less tasty than the beverages produced by some of the other, higher-quality juicers.
The Big Mouth did much better in our second test, a recipe made up of romaine lettuce, apples, and oranges. The final drink was mildly pulpy but overall had a great texture and tasted fine. Our third drink for testing combined beetroot, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, and oranges. The mixture produced by this juicer was very tasty but had a slightly overpowering beet flavor. There was a decent amount of pulp, and the texture was a little on the watery side, but all in all, the quality was still above average.
This metric focused on the actual yield when juicing various types of softer food and the quality of the juice generated. We used cucumbers, celery, apples, and oranges to judge performance.
The Big Mouth started off this metric with a solid performance at juicing cucumbers, tying for one of the higher scores. It generated an above-average yield of juice, exceeding the average by about 15mL, and produced only mild amounts of foam, though there was moderate amounts of pulp. Performance fell a little when it came to juicing celery, with the Big Mouth only producing an average amount of juice. This juice also had moderate amounts of pulp and foam and separated relatively quickly.
Moving on to juicing oranges, the Big Mouth failed to impress. It produced about 15mL less juice than the average with almost no pulp and a half-inch or so of foam on the top. It did a little better at juicing apples, but not by much. We finished with an essentially average yield of juice, but there was tons of pulp in the drink. The juice also rapidly separated, and there was a lot of foam on the surface.
For this metric, we evaluated how well each juicer did at juicing sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets. We used an identical set of criteria as the previous metric to score performance, and the Big Mouth again delivered an average performance.
The Big Mouth started off this metric with a somewhat lackluster performance at juicing carrots, generating a less than average amount of juice with mild amounts of pulp. It did much better at juicing beets, actually earning one of the highest scores of the group. We received well above the average amount of juice with only mild amounts of pulp, though a decent amount of foam was created.
We finished out our testing for hard produce with sweet potatoes and again got an admirably average performance. The Big Mouth yielded the amount of juice we got from most juicers in our lineup, with moderate amounts of pulp.
For this metric, we used spinach, wheatgrass, and curly-leaf kale for our assessments, again using the same criteria to assess the final product. Continuing its trend, the Big Mouth landed in the middle of the pack, though it had some highs and lows.
This juicer did amazingly well at juicing wheatgrass, earning one of the highest scores of the group and only outperformed by the best products in the lineup. The Big Mouth generated about 4.3mL of juice, well above the 2.5mL average.
Unfortunately, performance dropped considerably when we tried juicing kale in the Big Mouth. It had a less than average yield, though there was only a minuscule amount of foam produced. This juicer also struggled with spinach, again having a lower than average yield, but this time producing about an inch of foam.
For our final metric, we judged the difficulty in cleaning each juicer. We looked at each component, noting any difficulties we found in cleaning them, whether or not they are dishwasher-safe, and if a cleaning brush is included. The Big Mouth finished solidly in this area.
The Big Mouth does include a cleaning brush, but we didn't find it to be terribly durable, as it was already starting to lose bristles by the conclusion of our tests. However, the components are safe to clean in the dishwasher, and none had any areas that are a huge pain to wash by hand.
This juicer is a fantastic value, holding its own with models that cost hundreds of dollars more.
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth is the best bet for those shopping for a new juicer on a budget. It does particularly well at juicing wheatgrass and beets, makes tasty juice, and isn't a huge hassle to clean. Overall, it's not the best but usually retails for substantially less than the highest-scoring models.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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